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Accreditation: A New Embedded Computer Standardization Approach Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131456D
Original Publication Date: 1980-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
Document File: 11 page(s) / 44K

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H. Bennett Teates: AUTHOR [+4]


(Georgia Institute of Technology

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Accreditation: A New Embedded Computer Standardization Approach

H. Bennett Teates Billy B. Wise

(Georgia Institute of Technology

Culminating in a set of criteria for an accreditation strategy, this article carefully examines the issues surrounding accreditation as a standardized acquisition method.

For the past several years, the Department of Defense and the armed services have expended considerable effort toward standardizing acquisition of embedded computers. The benefits of standardization are obvious:

concentration of software development on a standard computer,

simplification of training and documentation, and

improved maintenance and reliability of hardware.

On the other hand, the disadvantages are equally obvious:

reduced chances for competition, resulting in higher acquisition costs;

stifled technology infusion, resulting in obsolesence; and

potential mismatch of requirements and computer capability.

Possible standardized acquisition policies range from absolute standardization on a single computer for all applications to completely unconstrained acquisition of computers by a program manager according to his particular requirements. Figure 1, which illustrates the polemic nature of standardization acquisition policies, shows accreditation as lying closer to the more nearly "optimal" middle -- the area of mutually acceptable compromise between the two extremes.

Addressing the concept of accreditation, this article examines some of the issues and delineates initial criteria for a transition from current standardization practices toward an objective policy.


In 1978, the Navy's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research, Engineering, and Systems assembled a panel to review the status and trends of embeddedcomputer applications through the next decade and to recommend possible alternatives to the Navy's existing acquisition policy. This policy -- standardization upon one computer in a given performance range -- was inhibiting competition and obviating infusion of the tremendous advances in LSI technology over the last seven years. The panel found that the Navy's estimated need for embedded computers would triple by 1985 and that the necessity for these machines to operate at sea under Naval technician maintenance would present a major problem. One of the panel's recommended suggestions was the concept of accreditation.'

IEEE Computer Society, Sep 01, 1980 Page 1 IEEE Computer Volume 13 Number 9, Pages 26-32

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Accreditation: A New Embedded Computer Standardization Approach

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